The Scottish Rite Foundation sponsored the clinic under the name “Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders” beginning September 1990 on the University of Minnesota – Duluth campus.
In 1999, the clinic moved to a facility on 2nd Street in Duluth. Requiring additional and better suited clinical space, the foundation acquired a neighboring property in 2013 and began a capital campaign to fund the construction of a new, $6.9 million facility.
Providing an audiology suite, therapy rooms and autism suites, the new building opened its doors in 2016. In January 2018, the Scottish Rite Foundation became an affiliated charity with the Minnesota Masonic Charities (MMC) family of charities. In doing so, the foundation secured the clinic’s ability to provide critical treatment in perpetuity to children desperate to communicate.
MMC was a natural partner. Minnesota Masonic Charities had long recognized the important work provided by the clinic and had supported its efforts through annual Mission Grants. The integration allows the clinic to carry on operations, with the vision to allocate donor funds to expand services to those families on our waiting list.